The NXT UK Heritage Cup rolls into the next round!
Who has better prepared for the British Rounds rules between the Modfather and Spanish Ace? We’ll find out that, as well as hear from Kay Lee Ray, who now stands at 400 DAYS as NXT UK Women’s Champion!
- Xia Brookside & Dani Luna VS Amale & Nina Samuels; Brookside & Luna win.
- Saxon Huxley VS Jack Starz; Huxley wins.
- NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Flash Morgan Webster VS A-Kid; A-Kid wins and advances to the next round.
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Xia Brookside & Dani Luna VS Amale & Nina Samuels!
The second generation superstar has new vigor and the punk rock powerlifter has new determination, but they’ll both need that and more to gain new ground in the NXT UK Women’s Division! The French Hope and the Leading Lady also want to have the spotlight, but who shines brighter tonight?
The teams sort out and Nina starts with Luna. They circle, tie up, and Luna gets around to waistlock and slam Nina down! Luna then dead lifts Nina to slam her again! Luna shifts to a facelock, Nina slips out and gets the arm. Nina wrenches and grinds the shoulder, Luna endures and gets up to counter with a fireman’s carry takeover. Luna drags Nina up, wrenches and tags in Xia. Xia gets the hand-off, wrenches and reels Nina into a headlock takeover. Xia thrashes Nina around, Nina rolls Xia to a cover, ONE! Xia holds on, Nina headscissors back but Xia bridges up. Nina CHOPS Xia down, but Xia gets moving around. Xia hops and headstands to pop out and shimmy shake. Nina rushes Xia but Xia wrenches and tags Luna back in. They double wrench, wrench and DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOP! Cover, TWO!
Luna keeps on Nina but Nina stomps a foot! Nina brings Luna over, tags in Amale, and Amale knees and CLUBS Luna down! Amale pushes Luna around then drags her up for big forearms! Amale talks trash in French as she cravats and thrashes Luna. Amale snapmares, runs and Penalty KICKS Luna down! Cover, TWO! Amale drags Luna back to the corner and tags Nina in. Nina and Amale double wrench and double whip but Luna ducks the line to double clothesline back! Cover, TWO! Luna drags Nina up, whips her to ropes but Nina crossbodies, into Luna’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Tag to Xia and she climbs up as Nina staggers up. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Nina blocks the whip to whip Xia, but Xia ducks and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Nina to a corner!
Xia runs in, Nina dodges but Xia goes up and comes back, into Nina’s BIG tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nina handspring heel kicks Luna down, but Xia rolls Nina up! ONE, and Nina rains down furious fists! Luna gets in as Nina dribbles Xia off the mat. The ref keeps Luna back, Nina whips Xia to the corner and Amale gets her cheap shots in! Nina drags Xia up to club her back down, then brings her around to a dragon sleeper, inverted suplex! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back up, headlocks but Xia pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Xia powers out but Amale tags in. Nina rolls Xia but she didn’t know Amale tagged! Amale covers now, TWO! The miscommunication cost them but Amale rains down rights on Xia. Amale drags Xia into a headscissor hold, and dribbles Xia off the mat! Cover, ONE!
Amale drags Xia up and around to scoop, but Xia slips out! Xia dodges Amale to tag in Luna! Luna redirects Amale to uppercut her down! Luna fires up and scoop slams Amale! Luna fireman’s carries but Amale slips off. Luna boots the clothesline away to LARIAT Amale first! Luna then dead lift suplexes! Cover, TWO! Luna drags Amale up again, fireman’s carries again, but Amale grabs hair for a takedown! Amale crawls to her corner, but Nina hops off the apron! The Leading Lady says Amale can take care of this herself. Luna rolls Amale up, TWO! Amale flounders into Luna’s facelock but fights out with chops and a ROLLING ELBOW!
Amale throws forearms on Luna but Luna gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Amale is folded up as Luna stalks over. Luna hoists Amale up to, tags in Xia and Xia throws Amale, ICONOCLASM BOMB!! Xia adds a EuroClutch for the cover, Luna and Xia win!
Winners: Xia Brookside & Dani Luna, by pinfall
The young and hungry duo get it done, but a large part was Amale and Nina were never really a team. Even so, will the combination of Xia and Dani be flying high in the NXT UK Women’s Division?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
They want to know what happened last week with him confronting Wolfe and Walter, but Ilja is looking for someone so he has to go. There he is! Ilja finds Sid Scala talking with Pete Dunne. Ilja storms over and says “I wanted to fight the whole world.” He wants Wolfe and Walter next week in a match. Scala understands, but he can’t do that alone. Who is his tag partner? Why not Dunne? Dunne doesn’t mind. So then there it is! Next week, Imperium’s Wolfe & Walter VS Dragunov & Dunne! Sounds good. Ilja gives Scala a strong pat on the shoulder and thanks Dunne. Will The Moscow Madman and The Bruiserweight be able to take the fight to the Ring General and his Hatchet Man?
NXT UK Media catches up with Piper Niven.
Can they get a few words on how she feels about Kay Lee Ray’s “State of the Union” address to the NXT UK Women’s Division? “Oooooh~! Kay Lee Ray runs her mouth off again~! Shocker.” Piper is sure there will be more than a few people there to hear that. Will the Scary Queen of Scots’ 400th day as champion go awry?
Saxon Huxley VS Jack Starz!
These two men both know what a daunting task it is to face the NXT UK Champion as Divine Beast of the Astral Plane faced Walter just a couple weeks ago. But Huxley managed to put up more of a fight, which is why he was upset by Starz’s honestly genuine “better luck next time” comment. Will Starz be at a loss for words when he takes on the uncaged madness incarnate?
The bell rings and Huxley storms after Starz. Starz manages to avoid Huxley’s grip and gets around to waistlock. Huxley pries Starz off and throws him away! Starz gets to a corner, Huxley hurries over but Starz gets away. Starz avoids a boot, keeps moving around, and gets an arm for a wrench and wristlock. Huxley breaks free to knee low! Huxley wrenches Starz’s arm now, lifts him with the other arm, and then throws him again! Huxley reels Starz in to run over with a shoulder! Huxley stands on the arm and pulls. Starz endures, fights up, but Huxley knuckle locks to lift him again! Starz fights up and over to dropkick! Huxley staggers into another dropkick! Huxley swats the third dropkick away, then drags Starz up for a TOSS! Starz hobbles to a corner, Huxley runs in to KNEE Starz again!
Huxley puts Starz in another corner and TOSSES him again! Starz is down but Huxley stomps away! Huxley drags Starz up, throws more knees, then puts him in a corner for body shots! The ref counts, Starz throws haymakers back, but Huxley knees low again. Huxley whips Starz corner to corner hard, then brings him back the other way just as hard! And then back again! The ref reprimands but Huxley backs off, to come back with a corner splash! Huxley drags Starz up by his hair and beard and cranks the head for a neck wrench. Starz fights up, throws body shots, but Huxley knees him down again! Huxley drags Starz up by his hair, the ref reprimands, but Huxley torture racks Starz for the stretch! Starz endures, kicks and flails, and pulls hair to get free!
Starz is in a corner, dodges Huxley and Huxley gets corners! Huxley stays up but Starz fires off forearms and chops! Huxley shoves Starz, Starz comes back with a dropkick! Starz leaps to crossbody! Cover, ONE! Starz EuroUppers! And again! And again! Starz keeps moving, corner to corner for Huxley’s KITCHEN SINK KNEE! That might’ve finished Starz but Huxley isn’t done with him! Huxley scoops Starz, Starz kicks and flails to get to the apron! Starz clubs Huxley but Huxley comes back, into a slingshot crossbody, that he catches! Huxley pops Starz around, RAMS him into a buckle, then pops him around for a ELEVATOR DROP!! Cover, Huxley wins!
Winner: Saxon Huxley, by pinfall
There he goes, that Saxon Huxley! Stay away from him, or you’ll end up like that! Who else will be brought down by the madness within the Astral Beast?
NXT UK takes a closer look at Gallus.
Mark Coffey and Wolfgang won the NXT UK Tag Team Championships off South Wales Subculture on October 17th, 2019. As we near one year of Gallus Boys on Top, we look back at how it all began. Mark and Wolfgang have known each other 10 years now, when Mark just got started, and The Last King of Scotland was already an established name all over the UK independent scene. The first time they were in the ring together was ICW. It was like Wolfgang got hit by a sledgehammer or baseball bat. Wolfgang thought Markus was using one of those but no. Mark gave a guy a boot so hard, his jaw flew off, landed in the crowd and someone kept it as a souvenir. Okay not really.
But since the start of NXT UK, they’ve only grown stronger as Gallus. It is their kingdom! They work together because they’re opposites. Wolfgang is “an absolute nut case,” Mark doesn’t know anyone like him. As long as they have each other’s backs, they can go as far as they want. The first time Wolfgang saw the belts, he knew they’d be Gallus. The tag titles are Gallus, the tag division is Gallus, the entire brand is Gallus. They’ll stay that way because this is their kingdom!
NXT UK Media catches up with Pretty Deadly.
Sam Stoker stops the questions right away because he knows they’ll ask about their dominating performance against The Hunt. But maybe they’re going to ask about Gallus. Lewis Howley thinks Mark and Wolfgang are shaking in their boots. Actually, it was going to be about Eddie Dennis and what he told them. Oh yeah he was talking to them about nunya. Y’know, nunya business! Hah! See you later.
NXT UK Media also catches up with Dani and Xia.
Kay Lee Ray is going to address the NXT UK Women’s Division, what are their thoughts? Well, KLR has upset a lot of people here, so she better watch what she says. Or else she’ll find how many enemies she really has.
NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Flash Morgan Webster VS A-Kid!
The Scottish Supernova awaits the winner of this match, having made it through his British Rounds with braggadocios swagger. Will the Modfather or Spanish Ace be the one heading for the semifinals?
The bell rings and we begin the first of six rounds! A-Kid and FMW tie up, go around and A-Kid waistlocks. FMW gets the arm, wrenches but A-Kid rolls away fast. The audience cheers as the two go again. A-Kid gets the headlock and throws FMW down. FMW rolls AK to a cover, ONE, and AK holds on. FMW tries again, ONE and AK still holds on. FMW rolls, AK rolls through and they end up on their feet. AK gets the wristlock, FMW rolls and spins to arm-drag, but AK drags FMW back down. AK shifts his hold on the arm, FMW endures and gets up. AK shifts to a facelock, FMW fights up and pries out. They clinch, FMW gets the wristlock and wrangles AK down to the mat. AK gets up but FMW wrangles him back down with the keylock.
AK bridges, spins and headscissors but FMW pops out! One minute left in this round as they reset. FMW gets a leg and trips AK, AK keeps him back with the other leg. FMW drops down for a headlock and holds off AK’s headscissors. AK moves around, pops out the back and has a hammerlock. AK cranks on the arm as we reach 25 seconds left. AK adds a chinlock but FMW fights up, 10 seconds left! FMW moves around, throws AK up and over the ropes! AK gets up, FMW triangle dropkicks just before the round ends! The ref has them cool off, and both men get to their corners for the break.
FMW: 0; A-Kid: 0
The thirty seconds go by fast and both men are ready as we begin round two! FMW and AK circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and AK rolls to trip FMW up. AK drops down on the headlock but FMW holds AK off. FMW headscissors back and cranks hard! AK endures, manage to kick FMW then moves around to turn FMW over. AK bridges to get free and lace the legs together. AK reaches and gets FMW’s chin for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow but FMW pops out to cover! ONE and the two stand off as the audience cheers again. The two reset as we reach two minutes left, and the two tie up again.
FMW throws AK down with the wristlock, but AK kips up. FMW wrenches, hammerlocks and arm-drags AK down to an armlock. AK fights up, powers FMW to ropes, FMW arm-drags but AK handsprings through! AK headbutts low, whips FMW to ropes but FMW sunset flips! AK rolls through, FMW dodges the Penalty Kick and standing moonsault! FMW rushes AK, AK turns things around but FMW throws AK down. AK rolls through, FMW goes after a leg but AK sits down! ONE, FMW sunsets, AK rolls through to high stack but FMW rolls back to sit on AK! Cover, FMW gets the fall!
FMW: 1; A-Kid: 0
The second round ends with a minute to spare and the Modfather is up that very crucial first point! The thirty second break goes fast, will this match end in this third round?
FMW and AK go around again and tie up. AK powers FMW to a corner but the ref calls for the break. AK lets off with some tension, feeling the pressure of being behind. FMW and AK circle again, tie up, and FMW gets around to a waistlock. AK drops down to throw FMW down, and he has the wrist as he rolls and clamps on. AK has a chinbar, FMW gets up and around to wrench AK back. AK rolls, handsprings and WRINGS the arm out! FMW gets to ropes and the ref keeps AK back. FMW shakes out the bad arm and circles with AK again. They tie up, FMW makes the knuckle locks into a straitjacket and brings AK to his knees. AK bridges back, reverses the straitjacket onto FMW, but FMW arm-drags free. FMW runs in but AK elbows him back!
AK hops up and over, handsprings around to go up again, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO! There’s less than a minute but AK doesn’t hurry just yet. AK fisherman suplexes, bridging cover, TWO!! FMW escapes AK’s Perfect Plex but AK keeps his cool. AK drags FMW up, whips him to a corner, but FMW goes up to QUEBRADA! The Rude Boy Block takes AK down but FMW brings him up. FMW underhooks, AK slips out to victory roll, TWO!! Ten seconds left, FMW wants AK to cool off but AK runs in! FMW gets around POISON-RANA!! Time’s up on that round and AK is saved by the bell!
FMW: 1; A-Kid: 0
A-Kid is going to have a hard time recovering from that. FMW doesn’t even need water, he wants to end this! The fourth round starts, KNEE TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!! AK survives and FMW hurries to a corner! FMW goes up top, AK rises and enziguris FMW first! FMW steadies himself on the ropes, AK climbs up to join him, and AK gives FMW a SPANISH FLY!! AK adds on, LEAPING SUPERKICK!! Cover, AK gets the fall!!
FMW: 1; A-Kid: 1
The Spanish Ace pulls off a stunning comeback to keep himself alive! Will round five be all the difference?
AK dares FMW to bring it on as another three minutes ticks away. FMW swings but AK counter SLAPS him! And again! AK KICKS a leg, brings FMW up and throws SLAP after SLAP! FMW SLAPS back, they trade quick hands, AK clinches and hammerlocks an arm while he throws forearms! AK facelocks, FMW suplexes to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! AK survives and we’re at the two minute mark already! FMW shakes out his arms, sits up and scuffs AK with his boot. AK kicks back from the mat, but so does FMW. AK throws a forearm, then another! FMW gets up to throw a forearm but AK catches it for an omoplata! FMW rolls out of the crossface to SLAP AK! FMW staggers up while AK sits up, AK kangaroo dropkicks from the ground!
AK hobbles over, drags FMW up and throws another hard forearm! But FMW gets the arm to block the sleeper, wrenches free, and HEADBUTTS! Less than a minute as FMW runs, but AK pursues! FMW falls and that sends AK up and out! FMW manages to run again and he DIVES! Direct hit and AK is sent into barriers! FMW puts AK in and climbs up top! Thirty seconds left as FMW SWANTONS, but FLOPS as AK rolls away! AK rolls back to get the ARMBAR! FMW clasps hands, fights off as we only have 20 seconds but AK breaks the grip!! FMW flails, moves around, AK gets the omoplata and grabs at the other arm! Less than 10 seconds as AK puts FMW in his modified Rings of Saturn! FMW VERBALLY TAPS! A-Kid WINS!!
Winner: A-Kid with 2 falls; advances to the semifinals
The Spanish Ace pulls off the comeback! He shows respect to the Modfather, as is another part of tradition. Will A-Kid get that out of Noam Dar in the semifinals? Or will he have to turn it up to 11 to beat the Scottish Supernova?
BREAKING NEWS on the NXT United Kingdom Championship match!
We finally have a decision on when Walter defends his title against Ilja Dragunov! In three weeks, October 29th, we will finally have Ring General VS Moscow Madman!
NXT UK takes a look at what led to Walter VS Dragunov.
It was April 20th, 2020, the 20 Man Battle Royal. Twenty of the brightest, most deserving stars in the brand battled in an over-the-top-rope elimination match that had so much intensity, it was truly worthy of crowning Walter’s challenger. Kassius Ohno, Kenny Williams, Flash Morgan Webster, Saxton Huxley, Tyson T-Bone, Travis Banks, Amir Jordan, Ashton Smith, Oliver Carter, El Ligero, Ridge Holland, Trent Seven, A-Kid, Noam Dar, Jordan Devlin, Dave Mastiff, Alexander Wolfe and even Joe Coffey were eliminated, and Ilja was in the final two with Tyler Bate! The Moscow Madman and the Big Strong Boy battled as hard as they had all night, and in the end, Ilja caught Bate by surprise and won the whole thing!
Congratulations were in order, and out of 20 people, Ilja was the last man left. It was surreal. He realized he made an opportunity for himself that he waited years for. Walter says Ilja is the contender. They share the same history, coming up in the same system. Walter made Ilja. Walter respects Ilja. But the difference between them is that Ilja steps in the ring, “filled with emotions.” Ilja is driven by emotions and passion. But for Walter, he is cold and focused on what is necessary to win. When they meet, “it will be the greatest fight of your life, Ilja.” Ilja sees Walter as a nightmare standing before you. Ilja remembers the pain from their past matches. That pain has made Ilja better. Ilja does acknowledge Walter has made him better, and he thanks Walter for that.
Walter says that he made Ilja, and now he will destroy Ilja! Ilja says there is NOTHING Walter can do to stop him! There is NOTHING Walter can do to keep him down! “This match will redefine violence.” With three weeks left, these men will be more than ready, but will the NXT UK Universe be ready to witness history?
NXT UK returns with a “shocking turn of events” backstage!
Mark Andrews was in an interview when Primate told him about Flash Morgan Webster! They hurried and found FMW down in the back! Wild Boar shouts for a medic, and so does Andrews. What happened to the Modfather? Was it the same man, or men, that went after Andrews all those months ago?!
Next week’s Heritage Cup match has been decided!
The Bomber, Dave Mastiff VS The Righteous Killer, Joseph Conners, will be the third match of the opening round! Will a proper British Heavyweight dominate the British Rounds rules? Or will Conners prove he is worthy?
Kay Lee Ray heads to the ring!
The NXT UK Women’s Champion is here for her “State of the Union Address” to the brand as she celebrates 400 days and counting! “I know that all of you thought I couldn’t do it. I know that the entire NXT UK Universe thought that I was gonna lose my championship two weeks ago. But in the end, it was me that came out on top and defeated the mighty Piper Niven! See, some people might have been surprised,” but not KLR. Every day, her record breaking title reign gets longer and longer, “despite all the adversity that I have had to go through.” No one in this division will change that. But speaking of the division, look who is heading to the ring! Isla Dawn, Nina Samuels, Dani Luna and Xia Brookside walk down the ramp and flank the ring on all sides.
KLR says, “Well hello girls! What’s the matter?” Did they have to buddy up against big bad KLR? But Amale storms down and pushes Nina. They argue about the match earlier tonight as KLR says that in NXT UK, there are queens, and there are pretenders. But whether it’s witches that can’t cast spells, Valkyries that can’t fly, or these two bickering because they can’t even get along long enough. “And here she is, the worst of them all. The ultimate letdown, a piper that plays to my tune!” Piper storms through Nina and Amale, gets up on the apron, but they trip her up! Nina and Amale go after Piper, but Valkyrie appears right behind KLR! Valkyrie dodges KLR’s attack then springboards and crossbodies the champ down!
Piper fights off Nina and Amale while Isla, Xia and Dani get in the ring! KLR hits Isla but Luna, Valkyrie and Xia hit back! Isla has KLR but KLR shoves her into Piper! KLR SUPERKICKS Xia and then runs away! Isla argues with Piper about what happened while Amale and Nina brawl. Amale knees low and throws Nina into steel steps! Valkyrie and Luna try to cool Piper and Isla off, but Isla and Piper shove them back. Now these four brawl! Luna goes after Piper while Valkyrie knees Isla and puts her in a corner! KLR goes after Xia but Xia turns things around to ROCK KLR, then tilt-o-whirl headscissor her away! KLR comes back to CLOBBER Xia! Valkyrie clubs Isla and Piper is on Luna while KLR retreats. But wait! Jinny is there at the stage!
KLR laughs, telling Jinny she doesn’t want any. But Jinny does as she DECKS KLR! The Spoiled Princess is all over the Scary Queen of Scots and they brawl into the production area! KLR uses a computer screen to SMACK Jinny! But Jinny throws KLR onto the desk and clubs away! There’s still brawling all around the ring while Jinny whips KLR into barriers and clotheslines her over! Jinny then LEAPS onto KLR, Piper CANNONBALLS onto Nina and Amale! Xia tackles her own friend Luna and Valkyrie SOBATS Isla out! Valkyrie goes to show KLR she’s wrong, as she goes up top and FLIES!! Valkyrie wipes everyone out except for KLR!
KLR grins as she retreats again, but clearly there is no shortage of animosity in the locker room for her, and for each other! Who rises above the chaos to go after the champion?
A great episode right here to set up a lot for the coming weeks. We got a great unofficial Prime Target for the NXT UK Championship, and I like that we’re getting a tag team match of Walter and Wolfe, the only Imperium members here, against Dragunov and Dunne. I totally expect Dunne to pin Wolfe so that there’s no change in the math between Walter and Dragunov. With the title match in three weeks, NXT as a whole is doing a lot with Halloween Havoc being on the 28th, the night before. We got a lot out of the women’s division, too, with Dani and Xia being a really good tag team. But since NXT prime isn’t even as involved in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship story, NXT UK is even further removed. It was an even bigger surprise than anything else to see Xia tackle Dani out of the ring. Jinny gets at KLR, and I think we’re still getting that, and that will be great, I hope it happens the week before Walter VS Dragunov.
The Hunt has to be the ones attacking SWSC. They were the ONLY ones around when FMW was “attacked” so c’mon! I bet that gets found out, then the two teams have a contender’s match for the tag titles. Fun fact: Jack Starz’s theme is also Ever-Rise’s theme. But Huxley gets the win to stay strong, and could be building momentum so that he challenges whoever is the inaugural Heritage Cup holder. FMW VS AK was a great match, and I did not think it’d go to five rounds just like Wolfe VS Dar. AK making a comeback was great stuff, they were really going hard, and AK VS Dar is going to be incredible in the semifinals. I’m thinking this is going to build so that the finals is the only match that goes to all six rounds and possibly even overtime. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mastiff VS Conners is the one match that ends in knockout, Mastiff is that big and strong but Conners is also that vicious.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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